Sports  April 18, 2015
Shark attacks shake surfing paradise, Reunion
The number of licensed surfers in Reunion has fallen from 1,600 when bodyboard champion Mathieu Schiller was killed by a shark in 2011, to 400 nowReunion, once a haven for surfers from around the world, has become a deadly black spot for the sport now plunged into even deeper mourning after a shark mauled Elio Canestri to death.The 13-year-old, one of the Indian Ocean island's most promising young surfers, was killed after he ignored an official ban and hit the waves with friends.Canestri le...  Full Story
Kwiatkowski main challenge to Gilbert at Amstel
Belgian Philippe Gilbert of BMC Racing Team, pictured during a press conference ahead of the Amstel Gold Race, on April 17, 2015Reigning champion Philippe Gilbert faces stiff competition as he bids for a fourth victory in the Amstel Gold race on Sunday.The biggest and longest one-day classic in the Netherlands will see riders complete 258km and tackle 34 climbs -- amounting to more than four vertical kilometres of climbing -- on their way from Maastricht to Valkenburg.Along...  Full Story
Chelsea look to overcome Manchester United hurdle
ChelseaChelsea will face an in-form Manchester United as they try to move one step closer to the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge.Jose Mourinho's table-toppers are currently seven points in front of second-placed Arsenal, who are involved in FA Cup semi-final action against Reading at Wembley on Saturday.Third-placed United are a point further back...  Full Story
Merritt matches course record to upstage Spieth
Troy Merritt watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 17, 2015 in Hilton Head Island, South CarolinaTroy Merritt fired a record-equalling 10-under-par 61 Friday as he goes after a first US PGA Tour title, out-shining the 62 of Masters champion Jordan Spieth to seize the RBC Heritage lead.Merritt's 12-under-par total of 130 put him four strokes ahead of defending champion Matt Kuchar, who posted a 66, and John Merrick, who signed for a 65."I had m...  Full Story
Lakers great Abdul-Jabbar recovering after heart op
Retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, pictured here on January 30, 2015 in the White House in Washington, DC, is expected to make a full recovery after quadruple coronary-bypass surgeryLegendary former Lakers center and NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery after quadruple coronary-bypass surgery, hospital officials said Friday.Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles with cardiovascular disease and underwent surgery on Thursday -- his 68th birthday, the...  Full Story
Windies frustrate England as Anderson tops Botham
English fast bowler James Anderson celebrates after equaling the highest English wicket taker record with 383 on day five of the first cricket Test match between West Indies and England in St JohnJames Anderson became England’s leading wicket-taker in Test history but celebration of the historic milestone could not be complemented by a team triumph as the West Indies hung on for a draw on the final day of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday.Jason Holder played the innings of his young cricketing life ...  Full Story
Spanish boat slips in Volvo Ocean after structural changes
Spanish team MAPFRE are hit by a two-point penalty, taking them from fourth to fifth in the standings of the Volvo Ocean Race after breaching rules during the fifth leg to BrazilSpanish team MAPFRE were hit by a two-point penalty on Friday, taking them from fourth to fifth in the standings of the Volvo Ocean Race after breaching rules during the fifth leg to Brazil.The crew made structural changes to the bow and part of the boat’s rigging because they feared breakages in the Southern Ocean on the 6,776-nautical mile (nm)...  Full Story
Britain's Peaty sets new 100m breaststroke world record
Adam Peaty competes during the 12th Fina World Swimming Championships on December 7, 2014 in the Qatari capital DohaBritain's Adam Peaty set a new men's 100 metres breaststroke world record with a time of 57.92 seconds at the London Aquatic Centre on Friday.The 20-year-old's winning time at the British Championships beat the previous record of 58.46sec set by South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh at the same venue during the 2012 Olympic Games."I kind of surprise...  Full Story